As one of the first three academic buildings at the University of California Merced, the Science + Engineering Building accommodates all laboratory-based instructional and research activities for both the Natural Science and Engineering Divisions.
L-shaped in plan and arranged in three stories, the building bounds two sides of a large campus green. Twenty-three classroom labs, an open academic computing center, and a 60-person seminar room complete the primary student-related spaces. EHDD’s design for this project addresses one of the university’s primary goals: to foster interdisciplinary collaboration between the science and engineering disciplines, as well as faculty and students.
The design of laboratory space is modular and prototypical to easily accommodate shifts in types of activity and density of personnel while minimizing remodeling costs associated with these programmatic adjustments. Open lab suites, sized to accommodate three or four principal investigators, comprise the majority of the upper two floors.
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